General Motors’ retail China sales gained 5.2 percent to exceed 750,000 vehicles in the second quarter.
The sales increase was mainly driven by demand for Wuling and Cadillac brands, GM China said in figures released this week.
In the three-month period, Wuling deliveries surged 28 percent to top 346,000. The number includes more than 85,000 units of a four-seat full electric sedan the brand launched in July 2020 at a starting price of 28,800 yuan ($4,444).
Cadillac sales advanced 9.1 percent to approach 64,000 on demand for the XT6 SUV and the CT5 sedan.
Buick deliveries also rose 5.7 percent to exceed 225,000 on volumes generated by the LaCrosse sedan, the Enclave SUV and the Envision crossover.
But Baojun demand plunged 45 percent to around 52,000 while Chevrolet sales slipped 19 percent to roughly 63,000.
Thanks to a 69 percent rebound in the first quarter from the coronavirus-battered year-earlier period, GM’s China retail sales in the first six months jumped 30 percent year over year to some 1.53 million.
GM operates two joint ventures with local partner SAIC Motor Corp.
SAIC-GM, headquartered in Shanghai, builds and distributes Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac cars and light trucks,
SAIC-GM-Wuling, based in the southwest city of Liuzhou, produces and markets minibuses, compact pickups and micro electric cars for the Wuling brand as well as entry-level cars for the Baojun marque.
While maintaining overall retail sales in China in the second quarter, vehicle production at the two joint ventures were affected by industry-wide chip shortage, according to data released by SAIC.
Output at SAIC-GM shrank 37 percent to 81,196 vehicles in May after slumping 29 percent in April.
Production at SAIC-GM-Wuling was flat at 113,478 in May after rising 19 percent in the previous month.
Output numbers of the two partnerships in June were not released.